Hello darlings, I hope you're having a wonderful week and getting ready for Flamingo Friday! While it's not Friday just yet, today we're celebrating National Pink Flamingo day with this edition of Style & The Bar Cart! I know you probably think I'm making that up since I'm a Flamingo enthusiast but a single Google search will prove Pink Flamingo Day exists and one should always trust Google and a Flamingo enthusiast! Let's celebrate, because how could one not big pink emoji heart this gorgeous bird.
Style & The Bar Cart is a creative production that combines my passions (style, decor, vintage & DIY) to serve as outfit and occasion inspiration for the modern girl who loves to entertain in style and prefers cocktails over wine. The first post in this series was lemonade-themed and you can check that out here.
This bar cart is very special to me because it contains a gift all the way from Guyana. My eldest sister attended a tropical themed party back home, spotted that giant flamingo and like the best big sister figured out a way to secure the pretty pink bird and send it all the way to me in NYC.
Here she is sneaking out the party (after a couple cocktails) with flamingo in hand. Thanks Tiny Tim!
I'm very big on using items you already own for my bar-cart series and for this one I had mostly everything on hand. You're probably wondering who the heck has flamingo napkins on hand and all I can do it raise my hand. I purchased these napkins from IKEA during the summer of 2013 and I have to admit that this is my first time using them. Don't judge me, I suffer from grandma syndrome where I save all my pretty pieces for special occasions. The glasses are also an old collection from IKEA and the single flamingo glass is the only one left from the set. IKEA, if you're reading this bring back your flamingo collection; pretty please and thank you.
The faux chrysanthemums look a bit similar to peonies when they're in full bloom and are a recent purchase from IKEA. You can find them in store or online. I trimmed their long stems, put them in a mason jar and placed them on top a stack of pretty hardcover books.
I used fresh fruit, mango-passion fruit bites and chocolate covered ginger pieces from Trader Joe's as snacks for the cart. I originally wanted to make this cocktail but ran out of coconut rum so I stuck to non-alcoholic pink lemonade. Feel free to use that recipe and tell me how it tastes.
Gold cutlery, flamingo straws, vintage pyrex dessert plates and my pink record player adds just the right amount of retro-glam to the cart. You're sure to impress your guests with these special details and get them grooving to your tunes.
Practicing my flamingo stance!
For the style portion of this post, I finally wore this flamingo print skirt I purchased a year ago (another case of grandma syndrome.) I styled it with a bright pink tank top, retro style bow heels, pink tassel earrings, an elephant hinge bracelet, wicker clutch and dusty pink sunglasses. Pink lips were a must and I'm wearing one of my favorite vintage-inspired lipsticks from Besame cosmetics. It's a "bright bold flamingo pink from 1955 with a semi-matte finish."
Invite your friends over to flamingle and have a crazy good time!